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Renata Buziak: Out of Oblivion


Out of Oblivion series was created during an artistic residency for the last three years on a forested property at Wilsons Downfall. Local bush flowers, flickering in the sunlight and scattered across this beautiful and inspirational landscape, are the focus of this series. The flowers, such as Glycine clandestine (Twining glycine) and Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Yellow buttons) to name just a couple, were collected at various locations on the property to create images and map the locations.

Many of the flowers are almost invisible in the landscape amongst abundant lush ferns, tall grasses and fallen branches. This exhibition brings the blossoms out of their bush stage, where they once flourished unseen, and thereafter have emerged grander and brighter as art installations in situ during The Piano Mill public events. These emergent hues now dominate the Gallery space with their bold and rich presence. 

To create these images I use an experimental process I call the biochrome. I have been developing this process for over a decade. Based on the fusion of organic and photographic materials over a period of time, and subject to natural decomposition, biochromes are records of nature’s events of organic decay and growth. This art/science undertaking allows for transformation of flora, and makes visible what is usually invisible to our eyes.

Special thanks to Jocelyn and Bruce Wolfe for making this project possible.

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Renata Buziak is a photo-media artist, researcher and educator, who is passionate about physically engaging nature and organic processes in her interdisciplinary art practice. Her practice builds on alternative and experimental photography, includes intercultural and art-science research, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. For over a decade she has been developing an image making process- the biochrome, by fusing organic and photographic materials.

Renata’s recent PhD studio research focused on local Australian healing plants significant to the Quandamooka Peoples of Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, received a number of art awards, and features in private and public collections.

Artist website: Renata-Buziak.com 

Some of Renata’s works that will be on display during this exhibition:

Earlier Event: 15 March
Bookbinding Workshop